'Philosophy Bites is a podcast series' is a descriptive statement. 'You ought to tell the truth' is a normative one. But what is normativity? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast John Skorupski discusses this question with David Edmonds.
We have a right not to be tortured, a human right. But what does that mean? Is this simply a legal right? What is the relationship between human rights and morality? John Tasioulas (@jtasioulas on Twitter) explores the nature of human rights in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast
You might expect ethics professors to behave more morally than other sorts of professor. But Eric Schwitzgebel, who has conducted extensive research on this topic, has discovered that that isn't the case. What does this show about ethics generally? Philosophy Bites investigates.
Is it ever morally acceptable to kill one person to save five? Most people think that it can be. But are we consistent in this? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Nigel Warburton interviews David Edmonds (co-creator of Philosophy Bites) about the subject of his new book, Would You Kill the Fat Man?, an investigation of the ethics of killing and letting die.
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Praise for Would You Kill the Fat Man?
"Lucid, witty, and beautifully written, this book is a pleasure to read. While providing an introduction to moral philosophy, it also presents engaging portraits of some of the greatest moral philosophers from Thomas Aquinas to the present day, and it makes the case for the relevance to ethics of the new experimental moral psychology. It is a tour de force."--Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen
"This is a splendid work. You shouldn't expect it to resolve all your trolley problems but you can look forward to a romping mix of fine humor, intriguing anecdote, and solid argument. It's a sheer joy to read."--Philip Pettit, Princeton University and Australian National University
"David Edmonds has a remarkable knack for weaving the threads of philosophical debates into an engaging story. Would You Kill the Fat Man? is a stimulating introduction to some key ethical issues and philosophers."--Peter Singer, author of The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty
"David Edmonds's new book, Would You Kill the Fat Man?, is both highly informative and a delight to read. Written in a clear, engaging, and witty style, it succeeds admirably in making various fascinating and important debates in philosophy and psychology accessible to a broad readership."--Jeff McMahan, Rutgers University
"This is a highly engaging book. David Edmonds?s reflections are full of insight and he provides fascinating biographical background about the main players in the history of the trolley problem, in a style reminiscent of his very successful Wittgenstein's Poker."--Roger Crisp, University of Oxford
How should we live? This is a basic philosophical question, but at at time when human beings' actions are devastating the environment, we need to cultivate specific virtues, green virtues. Dale Jamieson outlines some of these virtues in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Hitting someone without their consent, spitting at someone, or throwing a ball hard at their head: these are all examples of what in Tort Law is called battery. John Mikhail thinks that our judgments that people who commit battery are blameworthy reveals someting important about morality and its sources.
The question of whether private gun ownership is reasonable polarises opinion, particulary in the United States. Jeff McMahan examines the arguments in conversation with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
An important aspect of understanding morality is accurate description of what happens when people make moral judgments. Nigel Warburton talks to psychologist and philosopher Liane Young about her experiments designed to shed light on moral intentions.